Upholding an Excellent Accounting Program

February 27, 2015

Sharon LassarFrom the Desk of: Sharon Lassar, Director, School of Accountancy

As one of the earliest accounting programs in the country, the School of Accountancy at the Daniels College of Business takes great pride in offering a high-quality program. The program is marked by rigorous academics and an intimate setting, with an incredible 1:18 faculty-student ratio. The School of Accountancy is known for its impressive job placement rate and for producing graduates that achieve high pass rates on the CPA exam.

In the last several years, we’ve made a few exciting changes here at the School to enhance the student experience and enable them to hit the ground running when they graduate. One change better prepares students for busy season internships during the Winter Quarter of students’ senior year. Many of our students complete summer internships with Big Four and other regional and local public accounting firms, but the ability to take one quarter off from course work and fully engage in the life of a public accountant—without adding time to the degree plan—is unheard of. This quarter, over half of our seniors and a number of graduate students are interning with firms around Denver.

In addition to changing our undergraduate curriculum, we also revised our graduate curriculum and unveiled those updates for students entering the 2014-2015 school year. Now students who enter our Master of Accountancy program with a Bachelor of Accountancy from another AACSB-accredited institution can still complete their master’s degree at Daniels in one additional year. Also, students who come to us with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines will enjoy a thorough, exceptional master’s program that enables them to graduate ready to compete in the marketplace alongside peers with more accounting education.

Outside the classroom, the School of Accountancy continues to maintain a strong relationship with alumni. Our Alumni Engagement Council has helped organize a number of fun events for alumni, students and faculty, including the professional mentoring program that pairs students with alumni, financial planning seminars, international alumni panels each quarter, DU hockey games/networking nights and much more.

The School of Accountancy offers one of the top programs in the country and has been ranked among the top 30 accounting programs by Bloomberg Businessweek for four years running. While we are proud of such recognition, we know that we must work hard to maintain our reputation for excellence. That means hiring outstanding faculty, teaching a cutting-edge curriculum, maintaining a strong alumni network and connecting our graduates with excellent opportunities.

As always, we welcome the involvement of the Daniels alumni network. Contact me directly at slassar@du.edu to get involved with the School and share your insights.

Dr. Sharon Lassar (slassar@du.edu) is the director of the School of Accountancy and the John J. Gilbert Endowed Professor. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Society of CPAs, the Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee of the American Institute of CPAs and the Corporate Advisory Board of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance in Accounting.